2017 The Everest – preview and tips
The Everest, Preview and Tips Royal Randwick 1200m
It’s a new concept, something quite different and foreign to the way horse racing has been conducted in Australia previously. It’s The Everest, now the richest horse race on turf in the world, and it’ll be happening this Saturday in Sydney!
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Wow, what a field! Some outstanding sprinters are lining up, and it’s easy to see why Australia has some of the best and fastest going around. Check out the field.
The Everest – 1200 metres, WFA, Royal Randwick, Saturday 14th October 2017
1 CHAUTAUQUA, Team Hawkes, B Avdulla, 5, 58.5kg, $6.00
2 VEGA MAGIC, D & B Hayes, T Dabernig, C Williams, 10, 58.5kg, $5.00
3 REDZEL, P & P Snowden, K McEvoy, 4, 58.5kg, $$7.50
4 REDKIRK WARRIOR, D & B Hayes, T Dabernig, R Bayliss, 3, 58.5kg, $9.00
5 CLEARLY INNOCENT, K Lees, H Bowman, 6, 58.5kg, $13.00
6 DEPLOY, G Ryan, J Parr, 7, 58.5kg, $11.00
7 FELL SWOOP, M Dale, T Angland, 8, 58.5kg, $67.00
8 BRAVE SMASH, D Weir, J Spencer, 9, 58.5kg, $31.00
9 ENGLISH, G Waterhouse & A Bott, B Shinn, 12, 56.5kg, $10.00
10 SHE WILL REIGN, G Portelli, C Brown, 2, 51kg, $4.80
11 HOUTZEN, T Edmonds, J Lloyd, 1, 51kg, $21.00
12 TULIP, D & B Hayes, T Dabernig, T Clark, 11, 51kg, $61.00
He was recently ranked the best sprinter in the world, but on current form, that title would probably go elsewhere. Chautauqua is the proverbial Grey Flash, and he’s come with barnstorming finishes on tracks like Royal Randwick on many occasions previously. He’s not racing anywhere near his best at the moment, but you can never underestimate this horse on the big stage, and The Everest is the biggest stage of them all. $6.00
Winner of the Group 1 Memsie Stakes at the start of the Spring Carnival, Vega Magic lines up as another strong contender. Built like the proverbial brick outhouse, Vega Magic reminds me of the bullocking sprinter type a la Terravista and Buffering. He’s one of three Hayes Dabernig runners in the race, so I expect at least one of the Lindsay Park entrants to be in the money. Will it be Vega Magic? $5.00
Since spotting this former Hong Kong galloper last season win a race during the Sandown Cup meeting, Redkirk Warrior has gone to a new level. The winner of the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington in the Autumn, the Hayes Dabernig trained galloper didn’t fare too well in the heavy conditions at Royal Randwick for both the Doncaster Mile and the All Aged Stakes. A recent winner of the Bobby Lewis Quality at Flemington a month back, he should find better footing this Saturday. He’s in my multiples. $9.00
She Will Reign was last season’s top two-year-old, and confirmed her credentials with a come-from-the-clouds victory in the Moir Stakes two weeks ago. On that powerhouse run, she commands respect in the betting ring. Being a WFA event, she gets in with a lightweight 51kg. Having already climbed an Everest in the Golden Slipper in her two-year-old year, can she rise to the top of the mountain once again in her three-year-old year? Most punters would say yes. The likely race favourite. $4.80
The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Redzel had been one of the pre-race favorites leading into The Everest but drops back as the fourth fancy on the SP tote. The winner of the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 during the Queensland Winter Carnival, he led from the front that day and is likely to do so again. It’ll take a good horse to get past him, and unfortunately for him, there are more than a few in this race. Kerrin McEvoy to ride. $7.50
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained English also brings good credentials into the race, after an eye-catching second in the Premiere Stakes two weeks back. A former winner of the Group 1 All Aged Stakes, she’s trained on the track and could be the surprise packet of the race against more fancied rivals. Can you imagine the din going around Randwick if Gai lands the richest race on turf in her own backyard? It could be as big a story as Michelle Payne and Prince Of Penzance! $10.00
Connections of Darren Weir trained and former Japanese galloper Brave Smash decided to continue on with running him in this big race. His last start second to Bons Away in the listed Testa Rossa Stakes when favourite did not inspire confidence, and as a result, has drifted out of the betting to an SP of $31.00.
Gerald Ryan’s Deploy has been getting a lot of attention in the lead-up week to The Everest. He’s had two good wins (Show County Quality Group 3 and the Theo Marks Stakes Group 2), and Sydneysiders will like his chances in this race. His career was slow in taking off, only breaking maiden ranks a year after his first start. Then he went on to win six of his next eight races! Hasn’t won at Group 1 yet, but has been training the house down. My smokey of the race. $11.00
Hugh Bowman will be aboard the Newcastle visitor Clearly Innocent. The six-year-old picked up a surprise Group 1 win up at Eagle farm on a heavy track during the Queensland Winter Carnival. A good run for third in the Premiere Stakes in this new campaign (behind In Her Time and English) has him primed. Whether he can handle a top class field of sprinters remains to be seen. I’ll be watching with interest. $13.00
She Will Reign $4.80
She Will Reign, Redkirk Warrior, Vega Magic
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